The Bangladesh Cricket Board will host all their five T20Is against Australia in Dhaka in the upcoming series. The Aussies will be touring Bangladesh to play their first-ever bilateral T20I series. The decision was accepted by the BCB after Cricket Australia said that it would not want a second venue owing to the Covid-19 pandemic situation.
Thus all the games will now be played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka which was earlier supposed to be played in Chattogram, according to bdcrictime.com.
Cricket Australia has further requested the Bangladesh Cricket Board to not allow any outsider inside the team hotel during the period of their stay barring the hotel management people and staff.
Australia To Play All Five T20Is Against Bangladesh In Dhaka
BCB operations chairman Akram Khan revealed that they will play one less Test match against Zimbabwe to accommodate the Australia series. Bangladesh will instead play an extra T20I match against the African nation to compensate.
“As you may have known, Australia have agreed to increase their T20I series from three to five matches. It will be held over eight or nine days. We are trying to be well prepared for the World Cup T20,” Akram Khan told ESPNCricinfo.
Australia, on June 16 (Wednesday) confirmed an 18-man squad for the white-ball tours of the Caribbean and Bangladesh, which will act as crucial preparation for Australia’s T20 side ahead of the T20 World Cup in October and November.
Several A-listers have pulled out from the upcoming Bangladesh and West Indies tour from the Australia squad. The list includes names like Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins amongst others.
Jason Behrendorff, Moises Henriques, and Riley Meredith have all agreed to tour despite also being part of the IPL contingent that recently left hotel quarantine having returned home via the Maldives. The unavailability of first-choice players leaves head coach Justin Langer with a lot to ponder, months ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Australia have not won a World T20 title so far and the tour against Bangladesh and West Indies will be a good preparatory ground for the mega event later this year.
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